Flame of Truth
Cozmic BOX!!! By SeaSaltGreen | Published June 5, 2009 Under "normal" circumstances, trans-substantiation is a thing reserved for things of a divine context. Yet, this is precisely what U2, Nobel Peace Prize recipient BONO has achieved with his latest act of planetary peace-making by not only duplicating himself, but by Transmuting himself into a trans-atlantic musical duo called Cozmic Box. This is the only logical way to explain the group's on-point collaborative talent. Hailing from Belfast, Ireland and Evergreen, Colorado, Bono's twin flames, hereafter known as Jed McConkey and John Hohnstein, have created a magical (some would even say "divine") bridge of musical peace for listeners to cross using little more than a pair of headphones. Questions of "How can this be?" and "Who are those guys?" spoken by asian reporter Trisha Tacaknawa of Family Guy fame, and a bewildered sky-gazing 1980s construction worker found in nearby refuse have everybody wondering. For not-yet professional musicians, John and Jed seem to be well on their way, providing listeners with skillyfully laid synthesizer tracks embedded beautifully on a beat-driven continuum blowing our minds past individualized concepts of 'self' and into the unified field where peace can be known experientially. This is a pair that obviously enjoys what they do. It is semi-rare, if not solar eclipse-rare, for "local" music to be so captivating as to make one think, "man, this was Exactly what I was in the mood for" especially when one didn't exactly know what one was in the mood for...However, Winter Haze had the audacity to do just that and stand out. Even more surprising, their follow up Seamstress of Now had the ability to the steer the listeners' consciousness up and further out of our trancedelically assisted "opened box" in a time of global need. As role models for the world of tomorrow, Hohnstein and McConkey have combined their sonic visions in a peaceful manner to come up with grooves that are at once both digestable and stabilizing. Had they not, who knows what audible experience would have been produced had guns, not thumbs-up been pointed, or what musical atrocities been committed had real car bombs of the non-Guinness/Jamesons/and Bailey's variety been planted, or what ungodly, indelible, economic-recession driving, idiot-originated stupor been adminstered had North Atlantic Treaty Organized threats instead of positive reinforcements been traded as these two unlikely artists spent many hours of deepseated focus to produce a most welcome "Winter Haze." Unlike most wars, "Trance War" lasted six minutes and 47 non-debt producing seconds and didn't cause us to fear for our lives, but rather, invited us gently to contemplate our very humanity with a snippet of JFK's Civil Rights Address: " This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened." The pair say that they look forward to many years of working together and as long as listeners with an ear for progress and a penchant for quality exist, they do not stand alone. Rating: 5 Cosmic Stars out of 5. Keep dedicating effort to your time in studio, it sounds good and you have outdone any expectation, Cozmic Box. Overall: After hearing 5 tracks all conceptually and intelligibly engineered, the only question remaining to be asked is "What will Bono think up next?"